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Mar 11, 2011 11:00am EST
disaster. the chief pentagon correspondent and joins us this morning how are they responding to this as we continue to watch the death toll rise and not knowing how widespread the waves may come >> we are told that the u.s. expects japan to ask for assistance from the military. the navy is not sitting around waiting for a formal request. they mobilized the ready groups that include the carriers and some 2,000 marines on the ships. quite frankly at least one of the ships, the uss blue ridge is in singapore started loading relief supplies on board in preparation for departure sometime tomorrow morning. this is enroute to japan. the uss tor tuga is loading uplanding craft that could be used to carry humanitarian relief and the marines on to shore where they are sorely needed. the uss ronald reagan group is only in that direction. one of the most important thing was to determine what kind of damage and what injury and most of the base are located in southern japan. the tsunami itself, there were no deaths or injured reported among personnel and damage to u.s. facilities was only minor. n
MSNBC
Mar 16, 2011 11:00am EDT
they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind conditions will spread the radiation to other regions. jennifer car fog kncarfagno has tracking the winds for us. let's talk about what chris was reporting about the dangerous freezing temperature s that some people have to live with now, the homeless people that they're having to live with the outdoor conditions. >> thomas, that's exactly right. the weather situation in this case both helping and hurting the efforts. the hurting side is the rain, the cold, the snow is working against people trying to survive. but the weather itself with the winds, that situation is working for us here when it comes to the radiation and the potential of that hanging around. the winds have been from the northwest. they're continuing that.ç there a they are about 15 to 20 miles an hour at times. that will continue to move any radiation off shore, off into the ocean. now, as we head into the next couple of
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 11:00am EST
improve u.s. trade relations with beijing. >>> we check in with nbc's mike viqueira joining us live from the white house. interesting to watch the president talk about locke and his background, also being the grandson of a chinese immigrant and how quickly in just a couple of generations he's moved into the american culture now taking on such an important job for what president obama considers such a great relationship with china. >> reporter: it is and it is a compelling personal narrative and the sort of thing that presidents love to tell as they make these appointments. keep in mind as ambassador to china he is subject to confirmation by the senate. as of yet we don't see any stumbling blocks but you know the state of politics at now you never know what's going to come up. speaking of partisan politics another former governor, locke the governor of washington state and the governor of utah, you mentioned his controversial end as ambassador after president obama appointed him to go to beijing to represent this country, now apparently governor huntsman thinking about running against tha
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2011 11:00am EST
crisis we're in. and the fragility of it. >> msnbc's richard wolf is at the white house for us this morning. so, richard, how afraid is the white house that three straight months of this good economic news is actually going to hit the brakes because of these prices? >> well, they're always afraid that growth could stutter, as it has before. but not because of oil prices. there's not a huge amount of concern here. that's partly because they're looking at global production capacity. and that really means, to you and me, people like the saudi arabian producers who have historically kept some capacity for situations like this. there's a lot of volatility in the region because of revolutions and that's what the prices are reacting to. i think if we get up another $20 on oil prices maybe that concern will be different. right now they have other concerns, and they're trying to, maybe because they've been through worse, trying to stay on track for where they currently are. >> has there been much of a republican reaction to bill daley's comments from "meet the press"? >> you know, the reacti
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2011 11:00am EST
stemmed anytime soon. richard wolf at the white house for us right now. thank you. >> thank you. peter. >>> as republicans and democrats slug it out on capitol hill, one former member of the fray says that they both have it wrong, both sides have this all mixed up. former colorado senator gary hart offered his take on the huffingtonpost.com blog. thanks for your time. >> my pleasure. thank you. >> you think the solution isn't discussed right now. what are they doing wrong, and what do you believe is right way forward? >> well, i've argued that for quite a long time that the democratic party has to put forward a comprehensive new economic package, some of which president obama suggested that takes advantage of the one thing that america is superior at, and that's inonovation and invent sh "discovery" -- if we do that we provide refr news to reduce the budget deficit and people back back to work. >> back to long term fixes, you refer to the need of the government to stimulate a cascade of innovation. that would not be cheap, so the question is, how do we spur that innovation as the count
MSNBC
Mar 14, 2011 11:00am EDT
the first time today. thomas? >> chris jansing reporting from tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> disaster relief from america and some 70 countries is pouring into japan, in addition to arriving with supplies, u.s. rescue teams are on the ground to search for survivors. joining me is msnbc contributor richard wolfe. we know that the white house was very quick to throw its condolenceses and also its full weight and strength to help out japan. wh what's the latest on how the white house is keeping close tabs on the growing situation? >> reporter: we heard the president talking this morning about the offer he made to the japanese prime minister for any assistance and need they need as well as the expressions of deep condolences for the loss of life. but the kind of technical expertise that has been offered in the first instance has been fairly limited. a couple of world-renowned search and rescue teams, most especially the nuclear expertise that has come from the united states as well, with a team in tokyo, some nuclear experts, of course, the secretary of energy is a nuclear p
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 1:00pm EDT
is what we had offered to us today. plus another pro-gadhafi demonstration going in and coming out of that headquarters. i'm going to throw it back to you at this point. >> jim maceda, so many thing happening as we watch the video from earlier today. one of the jets falling to the ground there, and let's bring in colonel jack jacobs. msnbc analyst. that happened this morning. we were reporting that. also the breaking news now in terms of military action of french plane firing a first shot, from what we understand, at a vehicle of some sort. what do you make of what's happening? >> reporter: the plane getting shot down looked like an old su-17 or 22. it may have been flown by rebels and shot down air to air by gadhafi's forces. but french targets, any target in the no-fly zone and no movement zone initially is going to be any threats to aircraft. that means surface-to-air missile sites and conventional sites, like 23 millimeter, 37 millimeter and 57 millimeter anti-aircraft guns. the report that they struck a military vehicle would indicate that these things are all mobile, by the w
MSNBC
Mar 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
officers, democrats called to testify. they actually are cooperating with us. in fact, the reason why we keep us in these spots is because they are cooperating with us. the critics say peter king is coming to the table and he has a lot of anectdotes to tell but no evidence to back up these claims. >> we don't want to stigmatize or alienate entire communities. we need to focus on individuals or groups of individuals who might band together and try to harm american citizens or american interests. >> at this point, the hearings continue. i don't think -- there may be a real backlash here against the conservatives who have participated. >> reporter: what makes this so hard is that in all of these issues, there is some truth and there's a counterpoint. yes, many individuals have come forward, many groups have been cooperating. and that has been playing out in this hearing. and there have been some examples -- again, it's a smaller number, where they have shown posters put out by islamic groups, encouraging their members not to cooperate, those a anecdotal issues. too much of putting the sa
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2011 10:00am EDT
for watching us this morning. >>> the u.s. military is calling an overnate aerial bombardment a success. admiral mike mullen says there is effect tiff a no-fly zone in place in libya after 110 cruise missiles slammed anti-aircraft units and command posts. russia says the strikes are killing civilians. and embattled leader moammar gadhafi had a audio address, saying libya was arming its citizens to fight bank. >>> jim , let's get the latest n how things are on the ground there? what are you seeing? >> good morning, alex. as mill tier experts assess just how much -- he's made it quite clear that he's going nowhere. u.s. cruise missiles fire toward the mediterranean coast "operation odyssey dawn" was under way. the targets sophisticated systems that could knock out planes enforcing a no-fly zone. according to the pentagon, at least 20 such sites were hit, many near the capital of tripoli. where tracer and anti-aircraft fire sprayed the night skies defending against the sounds of planes and explosions. by daylight, tripoli was calm, but libya tv showed images of some of the 48 dead
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
about a disturbing incident at a hotel that's housing the international media. can you tell us what happened? >> reporter: that's right. it is a disturbing incident over breakfast. we are pretty well guarded by gadhafi security forces here. they won't let us out. but somehow this morning, a woman, her name is iman elbadi, broke through the cordon and told us a stressing story over breakfast, she had been seized by militiamen, raped repeatedly, she said, before finally escaping and coming to the hotel, where she knew the international media are, to try to tell us this story. i'm afraid her moments of freedom amongst the international media did not last long. within minutes, hirst hotel staff tried to stop her talking. they were screaming at her, you're a traitor to gadhafi. and moments later, a number of thugs dressed only in plain clothes, entered the breakfast room. i saw one of the henchmen first reach for a handgun and pull it out. there was an enormous and very ugly melee. we were separated. the lady was taken into the garden at the back of the hotel and questioned. after some w
MSNBC
Mar 10, 2011 11:00am EST
night is they used a parliamentary procedure, a rare parliamentary procedure to break this bill, governor walker's budget bill, into two parts, one including the collective bargaining rights, stripping the workers of most of the collective bargaining rights. the other, the spending bill. that allowed them to have a smaller quorum in the senate to pass the bill. there are complaints that what they did is illegal, that it violated the open -- the open-meeting act. and they are going to take that to court now, thomas. >> john, another day without the state democratic senators. they're still away. correct? >> reporter: that's right. you know, they said they're ready to come back, though, but on -- last night on msnbc's "the edge" show they said they were ready to come back but not just yet. >> we'll go back to wisconsin. it's just the first of many battles. it's absolutely essential that we go back and fight this. we join the citizens of wisconsin who have been demonstrating and protesting and writing letters and doing everything they can to tell the governor that this cannot be --
MSNBC
Mar 4, 2011 12:00pm EST
the consumer. if suddenly they can't spend what they used to spend on clothes and going out and going to the movies, then things start to shutdown. >> that can lead to big numbers in terms of ee quiflance. as we look at the interest rates ben bernanke saying he doesn't see any particular risks. >> one of things he also pointed out. he almost wanted to have it both ways. he said it's not really a risk right now but will be a risk if it's sustained. and a lot of energy traders are saying how it could not be sustained. you have serious unrest in the middle east. what does that mean? less production coming out of the middle east which means higher oil prices and higher gasoline prices at all of our tanks. i just got off the air speaking with one trader talking about potentially $5 a gallon gasoline prices this summer when you hit the busy driving season in some markets. there's no way you can't tell me that is not going to equate to a little less money to spend on everything else. one other thing i would point out, richard. i was looking at a chart that was really fascinating, compa
MSNBC
Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
gadhafi to have an opportunity to point at outsiders. he can make it an us against them sort of dichotomy. a lot of fine diplomatic dancing being done. meetings with nato is going to be key. the principles meeting here later today where libya is sure to be at the top of the agenda. >> and you have the defense secretary heading to brussels for the nato meeting. he has not pubically ruled out military action. do you get a sense here why the urgency on the part of the international community to intervene in the affairs? >> certainly, gates' argument is one of logistics and possible outcongresswomans. you're not going to be able to implement a no fly zone. you are looking at the history of no fly zones. they have not always been affected. but, you know, you have this emphasis on the international community but the international community has not come together yet. one gets the idea that they just want to see the united states act in some way. but obviously as we saw from secretary clinton, they don't want to do anything without the backing of international allies. >> all right. you
MSNBC
Mar 27, 2011 8:00am EDT
much further from us, not to give the wrong impression. it's not 100 miles, it's more like 400 miles to the east. that said, it is the unit of the rebels with the help from air strikes really is moving quickly. it's already, we understand, taken ras lanuf again without a fight. it's moved to the west of ras lanuf a number of miles, perhaps 10 or 20 miles, where it has now set up a checkpoint. these are both very important oil and natural gas ports. and again, they did so without a fight because nato air strik strikes -- tanks, artillery and his ammunition stores amongst those forces that were retreating -- [ inaudible ] -- that the rebel forces have now moved along that front line at least 120 miles in 24 hours. and the last time i can recall reporting such a surge along that paved coastal road was two weeks ago when it was gadhafi's forces who were pushing the rebels back eastwards, in just the opposite direction. they had more powerful weapons, they had an air force. but now because of these air strikes, we're looking at a much weakened gadhafi force. alex? >> jim, i'm curious, can
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
washington, democrats are saying, meet us halfway. we know we have to make cuts, but what we cut and how we cut is what really matters. >> joe, do you have a response? >> well, of course, you're absolutely right, karen. but remember that more money doesn't necessarily mean better service or better results. >> sure. >> in education, for instance, we spent lots and lots of money, but the results have been dismal. that's why so many americans are saying, we don't need more money, we just need more choice and more competition in education. it's not a matter of throwing more money at it. that's why in some states like pennsylvania, you'll probably see some significant cuts in the budget for education, because they realize that the more important thing is getting kids educated, and not just spending more money on the institution. >> joe, let's shift gears here. let's look at the gop, the presidential field for 2012. newt gingrich expected to announce this exploratory committee today. that's sort of been on and off, if he'll actually run in 2012, and we'll actually hear from him today. >> i
MSNBC
Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially people are asking here, and it's a very individual kind of answer. three separate families came out of the embassy in the hour that i was standing there. all of them said they were considering leaving. when i talked to james wright, who was there with his wife, his 3-year-old daughter, and 5-month-old twins, he was getting the twins' passports so that if they decided to leave, they could. how would he make that decision? here's what he told me. has the nuclear situation made you rethink staying in japan? >> well, it depends on how the wind blows, actually. >> reporter: literally? >> literally. if the wind blows this way, then the quickest flight we can get. by then, of course, it's too late. >> reporter: so a very difficult situation for so many people here, and you mention the aftershocks. we felt it here a few hours ago, that largest
MSNBC
Mar 1, 2011 12:00pm EST
, the system works for us. >> the goddesses now live with charlie, they're almost always around his los angeles mansion. his nickname for inhome rehab. late monday we took him outside for a candid conversation about his history with women. what do these women do for you that other women in your life haven't? you've loved other women before, brooke mueller and others. >> they're honest enough to tell me, hey, park your nonsense, you're going to help me solve this and we solve it. what i tell them is don't live in the middle, get away from your emotions, get away from your ego, and therein lies the solution. >> are these women allowed to say to you, charlie, you're being a jerk? >> those are the best jokes of the day. yes, we have an open dialogue. >> they put you in your place? >> everybody's vote has equal importance, but when we're approaching crisis, i remind them, i'm 22 years further down the road and trust me, that most of the time, in the last few days all the time, my plan is going to be the best one in the word. just trust me on that, everybody will win and everybody's needs wil
MSNBC
Mar 12, 2011 9:00am EST
on the ground following things for us. with a good evening your time, ian, what's the latest you're hearing about the nuclear power plants and any sort of a risk of a meltdown? >> well, hello, alex. as if things aren't bad enough as it is, now the threat of a nuclear meltdown coming as japan is only begin to go grasp the full and terrible expense of the destruction from friday's tsunami. japan woke today to images of terrible destruction along this midwest coast. this country has done more than perhaps any other to prepare for this sort of disaster. but nothing could lessen the shock from these scenes. the remains of towns, slammed by friday's 30-foot tsunami which swept away houses, cars, ships, just about everything in its path. officials have warned the death toll is expected to exceed 1,300 people. most of them drown. up to 300 poupdz bodies were found saturday along the coast of sendai, the city closest to the epicenter of the 8.9 quake, the strongest ever recorded in japan. soldiers have poured into the area, a huge operation to rescue those still stranded, helicopters pluckin
MSNBC
Mar 17, 2011 12:00pm EDT
own group of technical experts in tokyo. >> they have provided us with some information that indicated that there was a significantly degraded condition in the spent fuel pool number four. you could have a significant release of radiation from that spent fuel pool. >> reporter: at the white house, press secretary jay carney disputed the notion the american government no longer trusted the information coming from japanese officials. >> it is about the standards set by the nuclear regulatory commission here in the united states and the kind of advice it would be giving should this incident happen in the united states or something similar to it. so, again, not about the quality of information or the level of cooperation, it is about our analysis and our standard. >> reporter: the fear of radiation exposure has already driven some americans in japan to leave. >> both of my wife and i nearly into a panic and we said, we've got to get the hell out of here. >> reporter: and even in this country, people worried about the possibility of radiation making its way to the west coast have
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2011 9:00am EDT
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MSNBC
Mar 18, 2011 12:00pm EDT
whether or not that senate republicans when they used a parliamentary maneuver to pass this bill without the democrats, whether they violated the open meeting law in wisconsin. that law requires 24-hour notice before any public -- before any meeting, legislative meeting or two hours' notice if it is an emergency. the senate clerk posted the notice about the meeting one hour and 55 minutes before the scheduled meeting. the senate clerk said that was enough time. but clearly the judge has ruled that she'd like to rule on the merits of the case. and just by issuing the temporary restraining order and in her ruling suggested that the opponents would prevail on this. but for now, it is temporarily blocked. the judge will have a hearing on the merits of the case and the judge has indicated at least that there is some chance that the opponents of this bill will prevail on this issue. contessa. >> all right, john, thank you for staying on top of that. and we will as well. >>> back to the story that -- the radiation from the fallout in that crisis in japan. the radiation has now reached s
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2011 8:00am EST
. >> let's bring in nbc's athena jones who is live for us at the white house. with a great saturday morning to you, athena, what is on the table right now as far as budget negotiations on capitol hill? >> good morning, alex. the bottom line is the two sides are going to have to continue to hammer out a negotiation here. the president has said we can't continue to do business two weeks at a time. it's not responsible. it creates uncertainty that can hurt the economic recovery. and so the latest offer from the democratic side is $6.5 million in cuts, cuts to things like state and local grants, farm loans. the republicans have rejected that as not enough. the two sides are going to have the continue to talk. what we stand right now is the stopgap measure, this continuing resolution that funds the govern through march 18th. the white house says we have to get an agreement that will fund the government through the end of the year or through tend of september which is the end of the physical year. we'll he we're going to see the two sides continue to hammer it it out. they're just going t
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 8:00am EDT
to cool the reactors. they say the salty sea water they were using before could cause corrosion and clog up pipes. barges are helping to bring in more fresh water. and new numbers on the extent of the tragedy. the official death toll has surpassed 10,000 with 17,000 people who remain missing. nbc's lee cowen is live for us in tokyo. what are officials say about the high radiation levels detected in the sea waters near the plant? that has to be cause for concern. >> it is, alex. it's still below levels they say are harmful, but it's the second time the radiation levels have spiked and this time it's more than 1,000 times what it should be. that's going to spark monitoring systems along the coastline far more than the systems that are already in place. the higher than normal concentration of iodine in sea water is the latest worry for those struggling to get the nuclear plant stabilized. the levels are more than 1,000 times near the legal limit. only increasing fears of what that may do to the fishery. the news follows word yesterday that radioactive water inside unit number three had
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 3:00pm EDT
fly zone or whether it was the usual tactic used by pro gadhafi forces to punch in and then retreat only to go forward again and engage the rebels. french planes as we said are now in place. the question now is how will moammar gadhafi react to what is clearly a new chapter in this developing situation? i'm jim maceda, nbc news, reporting from tripoli. now back to you. >> and a reporter with britain's channel 4 is in libya and is on the phone with us. lindsay, have you seen any indication of the international forces from your perspective? >> reporter: not where i am in the furthest eastern city still held by the rebels. what i have seen is people desperately praying for that international intervention because they say that is really their greatest hope because they know colonel gadhafi's forces have been attacking the city of benghazi not too far from here all day and they say he will stop at nothing. >> and we have video actually of the rebels in benghazi earlier today cheering as they got the news that the international forces were getting involved. here we're seeing the french fi
MSNBC
Mar 13, 2011 8:00am EDT
sent itself just tremors amongst many of us, looking at it, you think this is a nuclear power plant and there's an explosion? we're about to show our viewers right there. you think, how can that happen? that cannot be good for the nuclear power industry overall. >> absolutely not. and that's a very significant difference from three mile island. at three mile island, for the first two days of the accident, no one appreciated the seriousness of what was happening, and it wasn't until months and years later that we knew the extent of the fuel failure. and you're absolutely right, the vision of a nuclear power plant blowing up, even if it is not an actual blowing up of the reactor containment, and it's certainly not a nuclear explosion, is not one that's good for the nuclear industry. >> yeah. >> as you know, they're hoping to build new reactors in the u.s., and from that standpoint, what people are seeing on their screens, the release of radioactivity, the occurrence of events that are just not supposed to happen at nuclear power plants, is inevitably a substantial setback. >> yeah. al
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 8:00am EDT
of france. and nbc news chief correspondent in cairo for us. take our eyes to france now, richard. what could come out of this meeting, and do you think we could see military action today? >> reporter: i think you could see some military action today and what gadhafi is apparently doing right now is trying to preempt any kind of air strikes by the u.s. or the international community by putting facts on the ground automatically. by sending his forces into benghazi engaging in street fighting, trying to take parts of the rebel-held city. also continuing the assault on mzradi. once qaddafi people are inside the centers, any air strikes, no-fly zones, would be difficult for aircraft to determine which troops to bomb, which areas to attack. so gadhafi is apparently expecting a military response. these talking about a truce that is clearly not taking place on the ground, and is moving his forces closer and inside benghazi to try and prevent it. >> richard, do we have an idea what u.s. involvement would look like? >> reporter: the u.s. has said it will act as a supporting role that it wi
MSNBC
Mar 12, 2011 11:00am EST
by the nrc. part of normal operations and maintenance of nuclear reactors. it's also a tool used in times of crisis like this as you are not able to cool the core down, the release valves are very important to the operation of maintaining the integrity of that reactor. when i saw that, despite some of the fearmongering that was going on, i felt fairly confident that they would have this stabilized. i don't know if thatreactor will ever operate again, but no one guarantees that there won't be any accidents or problems. what we believe, though, is that nuclear energy can be operating safely and like any sort of industrial operation, there is always some risk, but they can be operated safely. and should we have a perfect storm, so to speak. the thing came online -- it's one of the oldest currently operating nuclear reactors? >> which one? fukishima number one? i didn't know that. >> it's an old ge oil and water reactor. it is about a third of the size of your -- about a third of the size of the reactors that we talk about building today which are in the 12 to 1600 mega watt range. >> f
MSNBC
Mar 12, 2011 8:00am EST
reaction down. >> all right. well, richard lester from m.i.t., thank you for giving that to us in a way we can all understand. it's a very complicated situation. thank you, sir. >> you're very welcome. >> why some buildings are still standing following the japan earthquake and what japan got right. also, a bad situation gets worse in the northeast. homeowners are hit by floods and struggling to find higher ground. plus, the most dangerous city necessary this country for spring break. this isn't new yo. ♪ or the windy city. and we're certainly no one's emerald city. we're the motor city. ♪ and this is what we do. ♪ now, well-qualified lessees can lease the 2011 chrysler 200 touring for just $199 a month. ♪ [ upbeat instrumental ] [ rattling ] [ gasps ] [ rattling ] [ laughing ] [ announcer ] close enough just isn't good enough. - if your car is in an accident, - [ laughing continues ] make sure it's repaired with the right replacement parts. take the scary out of life with travelers. call or click now for an agent or quote. >>> there's still no sign this morning of four train
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2011 9:00am EST
us in libya. what have you learned about this oil port being taken over by rebels? >> the opposition has been saying for the last two days that they control 80% of all the oil resources in this country. it's not just about money. it's a symbol of power. now you see gadhafi being pushed back even further west than he already was along the coast. and that includes this area of ras lanouf where rebels say they've taken over the town. they've been fighting there. they want to push their line they say all the way to tripoli. earlier in the week, there was a battle over an oil terminal in brega. right now, it seems like gadhafi is incapable of stopping them, alex. >> stephanie, what about the situation where you are in benghazi? how is that going? >> well, there was a deadly explosion last night. this is the capital of the opposition and a lot of the rebel forces are based here. there was an explosion at an ammunition depot last night just on the edge of town by the airport. two large explosions, according to wpss. 26 people were killed and many more were wounded. we talked to s
MSNBC
Mar 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
water and stealing somebody's boat to get us. >> shelby county, indiana. crews had to rescue seven people from their homes. roads were like rivers and had to be closed. near columbus, icy roads caused 60 weather related wrecks in less than three hours sunday. in pennsylvania, a bus crash on an icy interstate last night killed at least one person and injured nine. >> it was total chaos. >> in southern louisiana, four tornados touched down. winds gusted up to 135 miles an hour, tearing through communities, demolishing dozens of homes. security cameras captured a tornado ripping through the town. louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency. >> really, just pieces of wood destroyed on that -- and you see debris scattered. the storm did a lot of damage in a short period of time. >> in northeast, the story is snow. buffalo saw totals pushed past 100 inches. >> i'm ready for baseball to start. >> syracuse is now closing in on their fourth snowiest season. 107 inches. that's over 14 feet of snow. >> and we're getting a report that a roof krapsed at the beechnut baby food plant and a
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 11:00am EDT
developments this morning for us in syria, jordan and all of the hot spots what is unfolding right now? good morning to you, ron? >> reporter: it's a day when the dust is settling here after violent protest. the first time that has happened in many months of lower level protesting here in jordan. that is what was so stunning. at least two people were dead and hundreds wounded. >> as thousands of syrians took to the streets again. a truck down. the security forces, more than 50 people killed. in the town. the uprising. video posted on the internet. the only images of the carnage. >> the only way that he can stay in power is by being brutal. >> just yesterday, a presidential advisor promised a laundry list of reforms. hundreds of thousands demanding that the president step down. he has lost key support in recent days. top military commanders and triable leaders have joined the opposition. he was defiant to not hand over power. the u.s. counts on him and his reports are trying to broker a deal. a newspaper editor there said the president and the nation are running out of time. >> i don't think
MSNBC
Mar 27, 2011 3:00pm EDT
afternoon. i'm peter alexander. thank you for joining us on our extended coverage of "msnbc sunday." there are new developments this hour in libya. just a short time ago there we learned of reports of at least six new explosions heard in the libyan capital of tripoli suggesting another -- a new round of air strikes from coalition forces. this right now is a live shot of the tripoli skyline as you can see after dark there. much in the raft fire has been last 15, 20 minute. nbc's chief correspondent richard engel is live in benghazi right now. richard, i know you're a safe distance from there, but if you can give us a sense of what you know about the newly intensified fighting happening in tripoli. >> reporter: i know very little about what's going on in tripoli right now. i just came back from the eastern front here in rebel controlled eastern libya, and over the last 24 hours, gadhafi's forces throughout this area have effectively collapsed, and it started out in ajdabiya yesterday when the troops that were in ajdabiya were destroyed by the air -- by western air strikes, and today
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Mar 17, 2011 11:00am EDT
chief science and environment correspondent, he joins us now. >> well, thomas, it's bad, because it's out of control. there has not been a major radiation leak yet outside of the workers inside -- the government today set only one of the workers had receive what could be considered a medically significant amount of radiation. so there has yet to be any significant rad yags leak, according to the officials. the problem is at least 4 of the 6 reactors are out of control in some way or another, and they could explode or melt or release large amounts of radiation into the environment, and that's the big concern, particularly because the winds right now are blow i blowing from the north to the south. that means radiation could come down to the tokyo region. if there were a radiation leak, and again i emphasize it hasn't happened yet. no one can say the efforts of those 300 people will pay off and contain it before it does leak. >> and bob, for the health of those people, those that are working to contain this, as you mentioned they're the ones in harm's way. how long would it be befor
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 4:00pm EDT
calling this the crusader enemy is significant. that's the same kind of technology that are used by groups like al qaeda, which is ironic considering that it is gadhafi that says that he is fighting against al qaeda. all day on libyan state television, we've been listening to rhetoric against the west, against the united states, against israel, how that this is a grand conspiracy organized by the united states and israel, that this is a new crusade and that is the language they are using to describe what they call the latest attack on a civilian area. >> pentagon is making it clear that the french are part of the coalition but they're not the attacks that the french made on that he has armored vehicles earlier today was not part of operation "odyssey dawn." it began when the american ships fired the targets . general mccaffrey, how far does this go in crippling gadhafi's ability to inflict violence against his people and against these armed rebels? >> almost no impact at all. i think it does have a psychological impact on the leadership, which i would hope might contribute to some o
MSNBC
Mar 3, 2011 11:00am EST
, professor at the university of maryland. peter, it's good to have you with us. >> nice to be here. >> what happens in june, though. we can all guess what might happen. what are the realities once the fed stops buying the treasury. >> we can expect mortgage rates to rise. that won't be good for what is already a quite weak housing market. on top of that, the economy has got a negative on it from higher gas prices, higher food prices. but this cut in social security tax compensates for that. well, come june with commodity prices continue to go rise, interest prices go up, that could slow the recovery. >> how can we compensate for this extra $75 billion that the fed was providing each month? with that going away, where are we going to get the cash infusion that's going to keep things in the economy that we bounce back to this level suspended at? >> well, we just can't invent that money. it's going to be to be tapped off other things. more competition for capital which means folks who want to buy a house will pay a higher interest rate. the brief recovery we had in prices is petering away. i t
MSNBC
Mar 6, 2011 11:00am EST
gas at the consumer. it's only supposed to be used as the spro, we're talking about 787 million barrels of oil buried beneath the gulf coast in these empty salt domes, these geological formations. it's only supposed to be used or tapped into when there is a physical disruption to the flow of oil, and many people think it has not reached that threshold yet, despite the unrest in the middle east, in north africa, in particular libya, which supplies 2% of oil to the world's production, primarily to europe, but many people look at it and think this is sort of fungible, if europe has a shortage it's going to spread to the united states, and a lot of people say there's excess capacity in the system, we don't need to do this just yet, alex. >> okay, mike. can i just ask you also, are you inside today because of the weather? is it that bad in d.c.? >> reporter: it was pouring earlier today, yes. so i might melt if i go out there. >> there's a live shot i guess. we're looking at the picture. no, no, that would not be good. there's the capitol covered in water. thanks so much, mike. we'll
MSNBC
Mar 5, 2011 10:00am EST
meteorolgist live here with us to talk about what's neck. >> this is just a one-two punch. the snow melt and heavy rain last weekend. flooding from that and now a little bit of a break and now we are getting the torrential rain. the rivers have not had time to recede enough. the little boxes are all counties under river flood warnings. all around indianapolis, down along the mississippi river. flash flooding just north of the memphis area. the other areas, those are flash flood watches or flood watches. those cover 15 states. this is a significant flooding event this is typical spring flooding you get this time of year. the green on this map is the radar and rain. the yellow is where we are getting thunderstorms. from pittsburgh south wards right through ki kwi through the memphis and nashville area is where we are seeing the heaviest rain. the drive from memphis to nashville, a lot of hefy rain and nashville is getting a good soaking. we got rainfall moving through cleveland. and we're going to get drenched as we go throughout the neck 24 to 48 hours. we are expecting two to three inches of
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Mar 8, 2011 11:00am EST
wolffe at the white house for us. great to see you. thanks so much. >> reporter: thanks, thomas. >>> i want to show you live pictures from the u.s. state department where first lady michelle obama and secretary of state hillary clinton will be attending the international women of courage awards ceremony. the event honors women from all over the world who have demonstrated leadership and courage to push forward women's rights. we'll show you highlights throughout the hour. >>> let's look at how american women are doing in politics on this international women's day. is there room for improvement on the home front and how are things looking for women candidates in 2012? jessica, good to have you with us this morning. let's get straight to this. the issue you raised is redistricting when we talk about what's coming up in 2012. tell us about this. what are you seeing and how can it actually help women? >> well, what you saw in 2010 was democratic women lost in numbers that were historic. and in 2012, when there are new seats being created out of redistricting, that is a chance for women and
MSNBC
Mar 13, 2011 12:00pm EDT
cooling water into the reactor chambers 1 and 3, but they are using sea water. what's your reaction to hearing that seawater is being used to try to cool and keep these raek t -- reactors contained? >> this is a kind of hail mary pass, not anything anyone has suggested before. the reactors weren't designed for saltwater to be used in them. we are in an area that speaks to the dramatic urgency of the situation. when the japanese government says we are facing a partial meltdown, that's grim. >> damon, as i understand it if the rods melt together the material will burn through into a concrete casement. shouldn't that contain it then? >> well, it's very difficult to know. we don't know what's going on inside the reactor. in both reactors, some of the fuel has probably already started to melt. that's why we are calling it a partial meltdown already. if what were to happen is the temperature continues to build and the steam is built up in the reactor and we have an explosion like the kind of explosion we had yesterday, what you can have is a situation where you have less water in the reactor
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Mar 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
is distracting us from what's going on in bahrain, what's going on in syria where repressive governments are cracking down on peaceful dissent. >> and criticism from both sides of the aisle. leb rals led by dennis kucinich, jerrold nadler and maxine waters raise constitutional objections. conservatives said the president waited too long to act. >> i regret that we didn't act much more quickly, but that's not the point now. the point is let's get behind the effort. >> and then there's the question about the end game. the ultimate goal of the mission still undefined. president obama follows seven predecessors who faced off against colonel gadhafi. obama could be the last. >> this this is a great opportunity to replace a tyrannical dictator who is not a legitimate leader who is international crook and we soo seize the moment and talk about replacing him, not talk about how limited we will be. >> right now we're getting reports gadhafi's forces opened fire in misrata killing at least nine people. overnight, u.s. marines dropped 12 huge missiles over strategic targets near benghaz
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Mar 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
nuclear regulatory commission who was the true hero at three mile island gave us the assurance that we were getting fact that is we needed in order to make key decisions. i don't care how good a decision-maker you are. if you don't have the right facts it's not going to prevail. >> sir, when you would -- as you're watching this, what is the advice that you would want to impart to japanese officials that are now having to assess this disaster? >> probably the key thing is just to keep pushing and in effect cross examining every possible source in order to get a reliable set of facts you can use to make decisions. there are involved technical questions here that you require the need of experts and obviously they have flooded the area with all kinds of expertise and advice. but it's when it comes to making difficult decisions like i'm sure the decision to evacuate was you've got to be sure that you've got a firm grip on precisely what's going on. >> for a lot of people watching this, they are reminded that there are 104 nuclear power plants in america. does the situation in japan chang
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Mar 18, 2011 11:00am EDT
maceda is live for us in tripoli. things are moving fast as this story continues to develop. how are people in the international community supposed to trust and not suspect some type of bait and switch when it comes to what libyan officials and gadhafi are saying? >> reporter: right. they have to prepare for that. that can happen. history says it always happens. colonel gadhafi have the ability to turn this into something positive, into a gay. we have to focus on wording of cease-fire and cessation of military operations. is it the cessation of a military operation now that they are 60 miles from benghazi and circle benghazi without firing mortars, without firing artillery and establishing a base-besieged atmosphere on that city where they can move in at night, discreetly as they've done in tripoli, picking up a dozen or two dozen leaders at a time. they know who they are. they identified them on video and photos, and work at degrading the opposition and the rebel leadership that way. it's certainly something that could happen. if it does happen, would that trigger a no-fly zone? pro
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 9:00am EDT
in libya. and jim maceda is with us from tripoli. get to benghazi. first up, called the rebel capital. what do we know about the situation there this morning? >> reporter: hi again, alex. the situation is not looking good at all for those rebels in their capitol and for the civilians. the people who live 670,000 of them, who live in the second largest libyan city. we're hearing now reports of hundreds upon hundreds of cars full of families that are exiting to the east, leaving the city from the east, heading, then, towards egypt and that border. they've been, many of them, stopped when they see a camera and expressing shock, expressing dismay, disappointment, how this 24 hours ago they were happy, joyous, they believed that the playing field would be letterle only too see too little too late in terms of an international response, asking, where are the air strikes? that is an indication just how the mood is in benghazi. militarily speaking, it's very fluid. there are reports now that the pro-gadhafi forces have swung from the southwestern outskirts to the southeastern outskirts
MSNBC
Mar 27, 2011 10:00am EDT
winds and we'll watch for the risk of isolated tornados as well. so another active day for us. saturday we saw wig storms. today we could see more activity moving through the area. we're watching these storms moving on through towards the south and the east. the gulf coast will be getting in on the act as well. into north florida, jacksonville seeing big storms. meanwhile we dry out briefly before more showers move on in as we head into monday morning. >> okay, alex lle, tnk you foth fm e at chne amntiohe te fusma perlain japan. operators at the plant first said radiation levels in water at one of the units was 10 million times higher than normal but now they say the huge spike in radiation levels was a mistake. let's go live to tokyo, nbc's lee cowan standing by for us. any updates in terms of what you're hearing about this, the discrepancy, have they figured out what the problem was or if 10 million times higher was incorrect? >> reporter: well, since we last talked, they have -- tepco has officially apologized for making that mistake. they say they will go back in and test
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Mar 15, 2011 11:00am EDT
could restrict their zone of operations. back to you. >> that was nbc's ian williams reporting for us. japanese officials ordered tens of thousands of people now to stay inside. stay indoors. scientists say radioactive levels are now dropping at the facility. so far 150,000 residents have been monitored for high levels. decontamination procedures were used on 23 people. nbc news chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman joins me on set. we hear about these people decontaminated. how do you treat somebody? >> the first thing you do is monitor them and wash them off. so much of the radiation gets on your skin. you can minimize it by doing showers. bigger risk comes as this sort of settles into the ground. and this is an agricultural area. long-term, you have radiation in the soil, then in the grass, then get into live stock. for right now it is surface contamination on skin. >> for the people that were on board the ronald reagan that were exposed they said they just used soap and water. >> that's fine. you just want to get it off your skin. for a lot of people, they're taking the iodine
MSNBC
Mar 19, 2011 11:00am EDT
looking at communications. revoke us immediately to come to the next press conference. this is where gadhafi's headquarters is. he didn't want to wait for the end of the warning to react. and that tells us that finally, perhaps, that the leader here is starting to take the time line very seriously. up until now, richard, there has been a total disconnect between the onslaught here and elsewhere. and the government's alleged compliance with the resolution and their own it has been sur real to listen to the foreign minister tell us that all of the military operations have stopped. who are either creating these instances. forces saying we have to obviously defend ourselves. perhaps that phase of this now has ended, perhaps a less sur real face. >> you have been following the developments so far. we have that statement. you have more for us now. >> i think it's important to note. it's a significant moment here. >> the united states is participating through nato and other auspices announced by another head of state, not the president of the united states. who is here participating i
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Mar 22, 2011 12:00pm EDT
us this was not a serious target, as serious as it looked, was not one, because they said this was a training facility, that these were old rockets and rocket launchers in a state of disrepair. they were used by students to learn to train for the military. back to you. >> jim, we are showing video right here from mizrahi. we just got a news report saying that ten people have been killed in that particular village. no indication of where the alliances are at this point. one of the amazing things is, we had a report about this american fighter jet that went down. the pilots ejecting to safety and happening to land in territory, friendly to americans. can you tell me how that happened and what happened with e pilots? >> i can't, really. we've just come back. we have spent all day today, over the past number of hours over at that site. my understanding was that the two pilots were rescued and it came down because of mechanical failure. it was not shot down. when the two pilots bailed, they ended up bailing very far from each other. both of them quite far from that jet. they were rescued
MSNBC
Mar 20, 2011 12:00pm EDT
that this is what this is. this is no-fly zone plus. not just enforcing in the air but using all necessary means to protect civilians even by threats or counting threats on the ground. >> something that you mentioned earlier which was interesting, jim, you talked about the handlers. those people with whom are in a lockdown situation there in the hotel. what has their reaction been? the local people and their reaction to this? >> reporter: well, they've been stunned. i think it came as a complete surprise to many of these handlers. these are not ignorant people. they are intelligence people. some of them are trained outside of the region as well. they've gone to school in europe. some of them have masters and ph.d.s. we're talking with highly educated people but who truly believe the -- what we might call propaganda, they truly believe the idea that moammar gadhafi is the founder of this nation and that he is protecting his nation and his people from terrorism. they believe it. they don't understand how this could have happened and how the world could have ganged up on them. they
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Mar 27, 2011 4:00pm EDT
period of time. >> nbc's mike viquiera joins us live from the white house. mike, i want a better sense of what else we're hear fing from e administration about the situation in labia. what are they telling us we can expect to hear last night? >> reporter: beginning yesterday with the weekly address, it concerned libya, of course. today when secretaries gates and clinton appeared on a couple of sunday shows, you see the white house starting to push back against criticism that their message has been muddled and that there are contradictions in the mission and trying to clarify the biggest question of all -- what is the end game here, what would happen if this devolves into a civil war, how long would nato be in country performing these military missions. you can expect to hear the president say tomorrow night when he gives that speech 7:30 eastern time, peter, at the national defense university here in washington that the mission is succeeding, that the mission has averted a humanitarian crisis that would have destabilized the entire region. and you can also expect them to tout some of t
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Mar 6, 2011 10:00am EST
, katrina and so forth. it's only supposed to be used if there is a major disruption in the supply of oil. we're not necessarily seeing that now. but what we are seeing, alex, is $3.50 a gallon gas. that is the national average. the running daily average this morning as announced by the aaa over the course of the last week. that price has gone up 15 cents. 39 cents over the last month alone. and people are concerned not only on the impact that's going to have on a still fragile economy, when people are devoting more and more of their paychecks to buying gas, but also it is always a political volatile issue, democrats in particular have been calling over the course of the last week for the administration to release some of that oil from the spro, as they call, it their favorite acronym around washington, to pry to alleviate some of the upward pressure on the price of gas. a lot of people think it's the wrong way to go. there has been no major disruption, even with libya. libya supplies just 2% of the world's oil production. most of that going to europe. saudi arabia said it would pick
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